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  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes calls drug suspension unfair

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Suspended Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes is mounting a defense against a 20-game suspension handed down Friday for violation of the NBA's drug policy, citing it as unfair. Calathes was suspended less than 24 hours before the Grizzlies took the court in Game 1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was suspended for the use of the drug Tamoxifen, one of 140 substances banned by the NBA's performance-enhancing drug policy. Calathes' attorney David Caldwell will speak to the NBA players union on Monday to see if it can expedite a grievance to try and get Calathes back into the postseason.

  • NBA commissioner wants to raise age limit to 20

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Armed with majority support from owners and saying "we're ready to go," NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it clear pushing back the league's age limit to 20 is at the top of his priority list. The league's owners hosted NCAA president Mark Emmert to discuss the issue as part of their annual two-day spring meeting this week. There's momentum growing to force the issue through soon, possibly in time for the 2016 draft. At the same meetings Friday, league owners approved the sale of a minority share of the Oklahoma City Thunder to Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser.

  • Tulsa World: Frank Haith named Tulsa's new men's basketball coach

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    In introducing new coach Frank Haith, Tulsa president Steadman Upham said it was a big day in Tulsa basketball. Tulsa introduced its new head coach on Friday at the Reynolds Center, with the former Missouri coach describing the process as a "whirlwind." "It's Good Friday," Haith said. "I have a lot of things to be blessed for." Heath replaces Danny Manning, who resigned April 4 to become the head coach at Wake Forest.

  • Actor Ken Jeong picks Kendrick Perkins for his biopic

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Hypothetical: If there was a biographical film made about Ken Jeong - the actor/comedian and star of The Hangover movie series - who would he choose to portray him? Easy. Kendrick Perkins. Jeong followed up with this random photo a few hours after he went on the Keith Olbermann Show and was asked to cast a Miami Heat movie with actors from The Hangover and NBC's Community.

  • WATCH: Top 10 crossovers of the NBA season

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The NBA's YouTube page is knocking it out of the park with its end-of-the-regular-season top 10 lists. The best of the bunch is the top 10 crossovers of the 2013-2014 season. Sadly, Kevin Durant's double ankle breaker on Darrell Arthur did not make the cut, but Putnam City's own Xavier Henry checks in at No. 5. Enjoy.

  • TNT's Craig Sager has leukemia, according to his son

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager has leukemia according to his son Craig Sager Jr. Sager Sr., known for his colorful attire while mainly covering the NBA for TNT, will start treatment for acute leukemia today. It's unknown whether or not Sager will return to the NBA playoffs broadcast this season. Last night on Keith Olbermann's show, Olbermann spoke passionately about Sager, saying "leukemia picked the wrong opponent."

  • KC Star: Frank Haith doing Missouri a favor going to Tulsa

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    With Frank Haith's hiring as the new men's basketball coach at Tulsa imminent, Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star writes that Missouri is better off without the departed coach. Mellinger says that Haith wasn't up for the job at Missouri. From his column: "With Frank Haith expected to officially accept the Tulsa job, MU athletic director Mike Alden doesn't have to worry about firing a man three (or four) years into the job. The school owes him no separation pay and, actually, as part of his contract, Haith will have to pay Mizzou $500,000 for leaving. Alden should use the money as a signing bonus for a better coach."

  • NCAA proposes major change in transfer policy

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A proposed NCAA policy change could eliminate much of the controversy over hardship waivers for athletes who transfer. The Division I Leadership Council recommended Friday that athletes who transfer "as a result of difficult life or family circumstances" should get an extra year of eligibility tacked on to the back end of their careers but would no longer be able to apply for immediate eligibility at their new school.

  • Pau Gasol says farewell to Lakers, maybe for good

    Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Pau Gasol felt nostalgic in what he admitted might have been his last day with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. He's also excited about his impending free agency and is open to a reunion with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who now runs the New York Knicks' front office, according to Yahoo Sports. "I'm happy for him and the position that he got," Gasol said. "I'm always going to be a big fan and a friend. I would listen." Gasol completed his seventh season with the Lakers averaging 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 60 games. He won two titles with the Lakers under Jackson, but the latter part of his tenure in L.A. has been clouded by constant trade speculation, including a near-deal to the Houston Rockets. He also didn't fit with coach Mike D'Antoni's offense and had two straight disappointing seasons, Yahoo Sports reports.

  • Former OU coach Sunny Golloway goes off at Auburn

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Former OU baseball coach Sunny Golloway is at a crossroads at Auburn as the Tigers have lost 10 of their last 14 games and Golloway is fresh off of suspending four upperclassmen. In a story by al.com, Golloway criticized his players, assistants and himself in a 13-minute interview Thursday. "You can print this," Golloway said. "Is the program going to change Golloway or is Golloway going to change the program? That's really where I'm at right now. That's the crossroads I'm at."

  • Tulsa World: Missouri’s Frank Haith positioned to become TU’s basketball coach

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Sources have indicated that current Missouri coach Frank Haith is positioned to become the head coach at Tulsa, as reported by the Tulsa World. It is expected that Haith will meet today with TU President Steadman Upham and athletic director Derrick Gragg. Haith was the 2012 Associated Press national coach of the year.

  • Oklahoma football: Peyton Manning stops by Sooners film session

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was in Stillwater Wednesday to talk to the OSU student contingent. On Thursday, the five-time NFL Most Valuable Player made his way to Norman. OU walk-on quarterback Baker Mayfield posted a photo of himself and Manning at the Sooners facilities on Thursday. "Opportunity of a lifetime to get to sit in on a film session and talk football with arguably the greatest of all time. Such a blessing to get to meet Peyton Manning and hear some advice."

  • VIDEO: A look at the Air Jordan XX9 in Thunder colors

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The good folks at Nike/Jordan Brand made this video about the Air Jordan XX9 and it's unique technological advancements with creator Tinker Hatfield. The Air Jordan XX9 will be released in September. They'll cost approximately $225 (per Darren Rovell). Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was featured in a new Jordan Brand commercial this week that alluded to Westbrook unveiling something special in the playoffs. One can presume the new Jordan's are the secret. A second design, in the blue and orange colors of the Thunder, will be worn by Westbrook, featuring an oversized "Jumpman" logo.

  • Bovada: Thunder has third-best odds to win NBA title

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The Thunder will enter the playoffs with the third-best odds to win the NBA championship, according to Bovada's online odds. The Thunder are currently listed with 4-to-1 odds to win the title. The Miami Heat lead the way with 2/1 odds, followed by the San Antonio Spurs (3/1). Indiana (6/1) and the Los Angeles Clippers (9/1) round out the top five. At 250-to-1, the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Bobcats are each the least likely to win the title according to Bovada.

  • WATCH: Foul ball hits kid in eye in on-deck circle

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The batter in the on-deck circle never saw this foul ball coming in a little league game. (h/t the big lead)

  • Wayman Tisdale Award winner Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft and explains the decision in his own words to SI.com. Parker, the 2014 Wayman Tisdale Award winner as the nation's top freshman, is projected as a top 5 pick in the June draft.

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook finish among top selling jerseys in NBA

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Kevin Durant finished second to LeBron James again. No, not in the MVP race. Durant's second this time actually is a career best, as the Thunder forward finished the season with the No. 2 selling jersey in the NBA behind James. It's the highest Durant has ever finished in the jersey sales rankings, according to ESPN.com business reporter Darren Rovell. Russell Westbrook joins Durant among the top sellers in the league, ranking 12th in jersey sales. Former Thunder guard James Harden was 10th and former OU star Blake Griffin ranked 11th.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant is a giant in cell phone commercial

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Kevin Durant is larger than life in this new commercial for Sprint. In the 30-second spot, Zack asks one of his very tall heroes (Kevin Durant) to join the Framily. Durant would love to but can't. Then Durant blasts off into space. Check it out.

  • Ex-NBA star punches 16-year-old in pickup game

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Ever wonder what happened to Lakers castoff Smush Parker? He's punching out 16-year-olds in pickup games. Wolfgang Novogratz — the basketball-playing 16-year-old son of HGTV stars Robert and Cortney Novogratz — shouldn’t have shown up the former NBA last week, as Parker, 32, sent Wolfgang to the hospital.

  • Blake Griffin called a flopper by Warriors guard

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Los Angeles Clipper foward Blake Griffin is seemingly always in a scrum and the Warriors' Klay Thompson says it's a little bit theatrical, saying "he's a good guy off the court but he's probably just ... I mean ... plays pretty physical and flops a little bit." The Clippers and Warriors open up their first-round playoff series on Saturday. “He flairs his arm around so you know you might catch a random elbow or something that doesn’t you know rub off too well on guys,” Thompson said of Griffin.